Upper School Admissions

Ready to take the next step? Let us assist you throughout the application process.

Thornton Academy welcomes students from over 25 towns in Southern Maine, as well as international students from all over the world. A Thornton Academy education provides students with the solid base of academics and social excellence to become successful later in life. 

Thornton Academy accepts applications on a rolling basis throughout the year, though we encourage students to apply early. The application process is simple, and our team is here with you every step of the way. 

Step-by-step admissions process

Step 1: Complete the online application

Create an online portal, pay the $50 application fee, and fill out the online application: Thornton Academy Online Application

Once you've submitted your application and created an online portal, you can track your application process and status online. Please keep track of your username and password, as you will need them later in the enrollment process. 

We also welcome the Standard Online Application (SAO).

Step 2: Submit required materials

Upload the required supplemental materials to your online portal, or send them to us directly by emailing them to admissions@thorntonacademy.org

Required additional materials:

Step 3: Schedule an interview

Schedule an interview or visit with the Admissions team. Visit our campus in-person and take a tour with one of our student ambassadors. Local students are invited to schedule a full shadow day to get the most out of their time on campus. If you're unable to visit us in person, we are happy to arrange an interview using Skype, WhatsApp, or WeChat. Email admissions@thorntonacademy.org to set up an interview, visit, or shadow day.

Financial Aid

Thornton Academy offers financial aid to qualifying families. To be considered for financial aid, applicants must submit both the FACTS financial aid application and the TAMS application for admission.

Questions about financial aid? Call the admissions office at 207-282-5383 or email admissions@thorntonacademy.org.

The Admissions staff is pleased to assist students and families throughout the application process. If you'd like to talk with us before you apply, email admissions@thorntonacademy.org or call us at 207-282-5383.

If you live in Saco, Dayton, or Arundel, contact the Registrar's Office at 207-391-6304 or alison.bedard@thorntonacademy.org to enroll. Residents of Saco, Dayton, and Arundel attend Thornton Academy at no cost to the family. 

The Thornton Academy Advantage in grades 6-12

  • Individualized approach to learning beginning in the middle school years
  • More opportunities for learning and growth, with over 200 courses at the upper school
  • Diversity and multiculturalism is celebrated on campus
  • Students are supported and encouraged by a wide network of teachers, counselors, staff, and peers
  • Endless opportunities to discover who you aspire to be
  • State of the art facilities to inspire students to dream big
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I have had more opportunities than I could have dreamed of at Thornton Academy. Any student would be lucky to attend Thornton Academy and I hope to one day give back to the school that always supported me. I would not be nearly as prepared for my next steps without all of the support. 

elizabeth roy '18

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